Providence looks to keep rolling when Vermont visits

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Providence looks to build off the high of a win over rival Rhode Island as the Friars host nonconference opponent Vermont on Tuesday at Providence, R.I.

Noah Horchler scored 16 points and Ed Croswell posted a monster double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds to help Providence rout Rhode Island 66-52 in the first meeting between the in-state rivals in nearly two years.

It was the third straight victory for the Friars. A win over the Catamounts would hand Providence its ninth triumph in 10 games this season.

“Just really happy that game is over … it’s an exhausting game,” Friars coach Ed Cooley said after beating the Rams. “We’re really excited about winning. It’s really hard winning.”

Big East Player of the Week Al Durham added 14 points for Providence, which beat Rhode Island despite leading scorer Nate Watson totaling seven points while the team shot just 36.5 percent (23-of-63) from the field.

Watson is averaging 15.1 points and 5.3 rebounds to pace Providence this season.

Vermont (6-3) will look to keep its strong start going following a big home win over Dartmouth.

Ryan Davis scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Catamounts in their 83-65 victory against the Big Green last Wednesday.

Ben Shungu and Finn Sullivan added 13 points apiece as all five Catamounts starters scored in double figures. Vermont shot 56.6 percent (30-of-53) from the field in the blowout win.

Davis is leading Vermont in scoring this season, averaging 16.8 points per game.

Providence leads the all-time series 8-0 versus Vermont, including an 80-58 victory in the most recent meeting on Nov. 14, 2016.

“Providence is the best team on our nonconference schedule,” Catamounts coach John Becker said. “Our group has been tremendous this year … and they’re really taking ownership of this team early in the year, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out.”

–Field Level Media

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